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Earth Rights Conference
April 1-2, 2010

Earth Rights: Learning the Languages of Indigenious Environmentalism

April 1 - 2, 2010 : MSU Strand Union Building Ballrooms
A Native American Awareness Week Conference
at Montana State University - Bozeman


Disruptions to the natural order affect the viability of all people but, for a variety of reasons, indigenous peoples’ lives, lands, and communities are differentially affected. Moreover, notions of environmental integrity are intertwined with concerns over cultural, physical, and spiritual health. This conference provides an opportunity for scholars, students, and the public to engage with a wide range of perspectives on issues of environmental and social change through the rhetorical strategies and representational modes of Native Americans and other indigenous peoples. Against the backdrop of the global concern over climate change, and a growing international recognition of indigenous peoples' communal, cultural and ecological rights (e.g., the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples), this conference provides a much-needed forum for strengthening ties and civic engagement between and among Native and non-Native people/s.

Keynote Speakers:

Daniel Wildcat

Dr. Daniel Wildcat, Ph.D., is a professor at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas, and an accomplished scholar who writes on indigenous knowledge, technology, environment, and education. He is also co-director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center, which he founded with colleagues from the Center for Hazardous Substance Research at Kansas State University. A Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, Dr. Wildcat is the coauthor, with Vine Deloria, Jr., of Power and Place: Indian Education in America (Fulcrum, 2001), and coeditor, with Steve Pavlik, of Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria, Jr., and His Influence on American Society (Fulcrum, 2006). Known for his commitment to environmental defense and cultural diversity, Dr. Wildcat has been honored by the Kansas City organization The Future Is Now with the Heart Peace Award. His newest book, Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge, draws upon ancient Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to advocate a modern strategy to combat global warming.
Link to Red Alert! info

Walter Ritte, Jr.

Walter Ritte Jr., from Moloka'i, Hawai'i, was involved in stopping the bombing by the US Navy of the Hawaiian Island of Kaho'olawe.He also served in the 1978 Hawaii State Constitutional Convention, which established the recognition of Hawaiian Gathering Rights.He was also one of the first elected trustees to the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.Ritte is also a voice of opposition to the Molokai Ranch Master Plan that envisions luxury homes at La'au Point. Ritte is currently the director of the Hawaiian Learning Center where he uses a 50-acre fishpond as a teaching tool along with Hawaiian culture.

Dr. Henrietta Mann

Dr. Henri Mann is a full-blood Cheyenne enrolled with the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma, and is currently president of the the Cheyenne Arapaho Tribal College in Oklahoma. She served as the first Endowed Chair in Native American Studies at Montana State University, Bozeman. She also taught at the University of Montana, Missoula the University of California, Berkeley; Harvard University; and Haskell Indian Nations University located in Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Mann has served as the Director of the Office of Indian Education Programs and Deputy to the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Indian Affairs. She also was the National Coordinator of the American Indian Religious Freedom Act Coalition for the Association of American Indian Affairs. In 1991, Rolling Stone Magazine named her one of the ten leading professors in the nation. She has been an interviewee and consultant for several television and movie productions and has lectured throughout the United States and in Mexico, Canada, Germany, Italy, and New Zealand

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